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Examples of plagiarism: Types of Plagiarism in Academic Research

Before getting to know the examples of plagiarism, it is important that we know what plagiarism is

Plagiarism is the act of using someone else’s work and presenting it as your own without giving credit to the original author. Plagiarism is not only illegal; it is also unethical and unprofessional. There are different ways through which one can plagiarize, depending on how the original author’s work has been copied.

The common types of plagiarism or examples of plagiarism are Direct plagiarism, Self-plagiarism, Mosaic Plagiarism,  Incorrect citation, and Submitting work written by someone else.

Direct/Clone Plagiarism

Direct plagiarism occurs where someone copies another author’s work word for word without using quotation marks or the appropriate citation. Most plagiarism checkers will instantly identify this type of plagiarism. A good example of plagiarism is copying information directly from the book or internet and presenting it as your own.


Self-plagiarism comes about when one copies their ideas from a previously published work and presents it as a new material without proper citation. Some would argue that technically, this is not plagiarism. However, this type of plagiarism deceives the readers that whatever they are reading is a new discovery, and might infringe on the copyright of the original publisher.

Read Five ways to avoid self-plagiarism

Mosaic  Plagiarism

On the other hand, it could be that one hasn’t copied the original author’s work word for word. However, they may have borrowed paragraphs which were then paraphrased, but with the original structure of the work maintained. Most plagiarism checkers might not be able to identify this type of copying, but it is still unethical, illegal and dishonest.

Incorrect Citation

As mentioned, plagiarism occurs where the original and true author of some work is not duly recognized. It is therefore considered plagiarism if you incorrectly cite the sources used when writing your paper. Similarly, when you decide to cite some part of your work and ignore others, you are also said to have plagiarized. Read the article The process of citing an academic paper using different writing styles to understand how to provide correct citations and avoid plagiarism


Submitting Work Written by Someone Else

Asking someone to work on a paper for you is also plagiarism, even if they did it intentionally. By presenting the work as your own, you will be lying to your readers as you are passing off these ideas as your own. Similarly, paying someone to do your work is a type of plagiarism, whether you get caught or not.

Many students are often caught off-guard by submitting a plagiarized paper. Our team wrote a good article on how to cheat Turnitin, the actual plagiarism checker that professors use to check plagiarism. If you want to learn the tricks, read the article

How to cheat Turnitin

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